Blog Host Post: Gone at Zero Hundred By: CR Hiatt

HIATT is a writer of screenplays and an author of YA action-mystery novels. The
daughter of a military veteran, CR grew up in a small town where she became an
All-American athlete. CR knew early on that she wasn’t cut out for the nine to
five type of job – her tendency to day dream about adventures often got in the
way. But, being the daughter of a Navy Veteran she also knew one had to do what
was necessary to be secure, so she disciplined herself to push those dreams
aside and settled on working in the entertainment legal field. When those
dreams invaded her world once again, CR finally gave in and set out to write her
own adventures. What the heck, right. If you can’t live ’em, you might as well
write about them. The McSwain & Beck series are works of fiction, only
based on real life events. Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 is the first in the
series, and available now. Fireworks on the 4th will be released in late June,
just before the 4th of July holiday season.

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Sydney Marie McSwain and her pal, Cody Beck, team up to take
on a secret club called The Devil’s Door where members are branded with the
tattoo of a devil and call themselves The Privileged Ones.

Sydney Marie McSwain – a tomboy who yearned for
a father.

Cody Beck – a wannabe filmmaker, wisenheimer and

Jaden White – the star who led the high school
hockey team to two championships, and was now on the A-list for NHL scouts.

Sydney Marie McSwain loves her mom, Anna – a
private investigator in the coastal city where they live – but they had a major
issue between them. Anna refused to give Sydney
the identity of her father. On the day of her high school graduation, they were
battling it out, once again. An hour later, Sydney, Cody and Jaden were at the
local café, and watched as Anna was gunned down, and it was broadcasted on live

Faced with immediate responsibility, Sydney and
Cody agreed to take over the agency, only they changed the name to McSwain
& Beck. At the same time, Sydney
convinced Sutter Beach Detective, Ace Carter, to help her track down her

Out of the blue, a model walked in and hired
them to follow her step-brother. While Cody was busy editing a trailer to
solicit new clients, Sydney
settled into her lemon-yellow pickup to do surveillance, and wound up staking
out a secret club called The Devil’s Door whose suspicious members wore the
tattoo of a devil.

That same night, Sydney received a call from one of her mom’s
former clients, only the client was gunned down at the location where they
agreed to meet. The mysterious discovery of a DVD revealed the possibility that
teenagers were being abducted, only nobody reported them missing.

On the hunt for the victims, McSwain & Beck
were chased by men in ski masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel
called the outlaws, Sydney’s precious pickup was
broken into; then the step-brother they were hired to follow, was found dead
and Sydney was
the number one suspect.

If things weren’t bad enough already, they had
to figure out how to crash a red-carpet Mardi Gras bash being held on a private
cruise ship, before it sailed off into the sunset, where they just might meet
the devil, himself.

Now, the clock was ticking…

And time was running out…

How was she ever going to find her father, now?

“Their lives were in the hands of two 18 year-olds…”

(Shhhh…. Sneak Peek) 

The ticker tape on the bottom
of the TV read: In an unusual turn of events, Investigator Anna McSwain
assists law enforcement personnel in the arrest of Marty Cole, an officer with
the Sutter Beach Vice Unit. Cole is another individual alleged to be involved
in the pension fund scam that McSwain uncovered earlier this year.
Anna slipped her weapon back in
its holster, and started down the path toward her own SUV, when…
A sniper opened fire, and a
round of bullets ripped into her chest. She stumbled and faltered; then fell
like a dead weight to the ground.
It was
immediate pandemonium at the scene. “Shots fired! Shots fired!” an officer
screamed at the top of his lungs. “Officers take cover.” Uniformed officers
took up defensive positions and scanned the area for the shooter.


 Writing a murder mystery takes a special writer and a sharp mind. CR Hiatt has this down. Her ability to pull the reader in and not let go is mesmerizing. The connection and thrill you feel for her characters as they go from one close call to another and are thrown from one adventure stunt to the next will keep you begging for more. The clues are there if they can just get them. And they are willing to risk it all to do so. Courage, strength, a quick wit and a drive for answers keeps the team on their toes and one step at a time closer to finding the truth. And don’t we all want the truth? 

I highly suggest anyone that loves a good mystery book to pick up this one. You won’t be sorry and you won’t want to put it down. 

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